As Pope Benedict Flew Away, A Song Popped Into My Head…

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

I couldn’t help it.  So I’ll share the earworm with you too, with a little help from the Ray Conniff Singers… [Read more…]

What To Get That Special Man In Your Life For Valentines Day? I Can Guarantee He’ll Never Forget This…

As Pat Gohn shames us men into drafting epic love letters for our sweeties this year, will us men be rewarded in kind?

Here’s an idea, ladies. We’re pretty easy to please. [Read more…]

The Administration Issues Changes to HHS Mandate for Religious Institutions and Affiliates UPDATED

The press release from the Department of Health and Human Services is out. Revisions to the Mandate at this time apply to non-profit religious institutions and their affiliates.

Briefly, the changes make a provision for employees of these institutions to be offered separate coverage for “preventive services” from health insurance companies utilized by their employers, or via another insurance provider if the organization is self-insured.

Here is the press release from HHS, [Read more…]

O Oriens (Radiant Dawn)

Sorry, Mayans. No one knows the day or hour, see? So as dawn breaks we pray,

“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” [Read more…]

Because The Case for Marian Devotion Is Iron-Clad

On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, it’s a good time for a little post on Marian devotion, wouldn’t you agree? Because if it’s Advent, ’tis the season for carping about Catholics and their overdone attachment to the Mother of Christ.

So I’ve got a two-for-one post to help explain this predilection of ours, via the old media (from a book you can’t find) and via the new media from a You Tube video, which ironically is based on passages from ancient media (the Bible). [Read more…]

Best.Beer.Commercial.Ever.

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Stella Artois with a passel of ice-skating priests. They send the novice on a beer run,

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The Bloggers Meet The Bishops, On Tape, Via YouTube


You may recognize a few of the bloggers here. Take a look, [Read more…]

A Prayer About Fatherhood Answered Through the Veil of a Homework Assignment

Once upon a time, I wrote a letter to St. Joseph. His feast day rolled around, and I was writing him because as a father, I was feeling a bit like Sisyphus. You know, the king the gods punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever.

Being a father is like that sometimes, isn’t it? In my note to St. Joseph I made an observation, [Read more…]

When They Make A Movie About The Man Who Fell To Earth…

Felix Baumgartner, first supersonic human

The lead will be played by Mark Wahlberg. Or at least he should get the role. They look like twins. [Read more…]

“We Stand for Religious Freedom…”

You know, except for when we don’t.

Image Credit: Jeff Jacoby/Boston Globe

 President Barack Obama said the United States supports religious freedom, despite his administration’s ongoing legal dispute with the Catholic Church and other religious groups.

“I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths,” Obama in his weekly address on Saturday. “We stand for religious freedom.” [Read more…]